New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

February 22, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Madness : the ten most memorable NCAA basketball finals

February 21, 2018
Mehler, Mark (Journalist), author.
©2018
xii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The hunters: Duke vs. Butler, 2010 -- The improbable game: Michigan vs. Seton Hall, 1989 -- A perfect game from an imperfect team: Villanova vs. Georgetown, 1985 -- Hope is a thing with leather (or rubber): North Carolina State vs. Houston, 1983 -- Dean, redeemed: North Carolina vs. Georgetown, 1982 -- Too much, the Magic/Bird show: Michigan State vs. Indiana State -- The Wiz waves goodbye: UCLA vs. Kentucky, 1975 -- What price, glory?: Texas Western vs. Kentucky, 1966 -- The contrast contest: Loyola vs. Cincinnati, 1963 -- The slickers vs. the hicks...and Wilt: North Carolina vs. Kansas, 1967 -- The consolation games(2016, 2008, 2003, 1993, and 1987)

Limits of the known

February 15, 2018
Roberts, David, 1943- author.
©2018
xxi, 306 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Farthest north -- Blank on the map -- Prehistoric 5.10 -- The quest for the other -- First descent -- First contact -- The undiscovered Earth -- The future of adventure.
A celebrated mountaineer and author searches for meaning in great adventures and explorations, past and present. --Publisher

Boundary waters canoe camping

February 13, 2018
Jacobson, Cliff.
Guilford, Conn. : FalconGuides, 2012.
xiii, 193 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
A wilderness in turmoil / by David Backes -- Planning and pacing your canoe trip -- A maze of finger lakes, portage trails, and confusing bays! -- Favorite routes: where solitude still remains -- Federal regulations and rationale -- Selecting and outfitting your canoe -- Paddling and portaging your canoe -- Solo canoes and kayaks in the Boundary Waters -- The right stuff: everything you need to know about equipment -- Fast fixin's: easy ways to prepare great trail meals! -- A bombproof canoe camp! -- Bothersome beasts and ornery stingers! -- Dangers, safety, and first aid -- Advice from the experts.
"The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), located in northeastern Minnesota, is a legendary wilderness destination for canoeists from around the world. Longtime guide and canoe authority Cliff Jacobson explains the best and safest ways of planning and enjoying a BWCA journey. Includes maps, illustrations, and information on obtaining permits, packing the right supplies, practicing low-impact camping techniques, honing paddling skills, traveling with children, and dealing with hazards on land and water"-- Provided by publisher.

The Black Bruins : the remarkable lives of UCLA's Jackie Robinson, Woody Strode, Tom Bradley, Kenny Washington, and Ray Bartlett

February 12, 2018
Johnson, James W., 1938- author.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2017]
xiv, 292 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
No bed of roses in Pasadena -- The Kingfish and Woody -- The high school years -- The little brother -- Obstacles to overcome -- A sorry season -- An easy choice -- Fitting in at UCLA -- Under-the-table help -- Filling the coffers -- High expectations -- A disappointing end to the season -- Decision time -- Passed over by the NFL -- The indispensable Robinson -- World War II beckons -- Moving up in the ranks -- Making NFL history -- The Negro League years -- End of the line at LAPD -- Leaving athletics -- Movie star in the making -- A promotion earned -- Blending in -- Changing Los Angeles -- The civil rights years -- Their legacy.
"The Black Bruins chronicles the inspirational lives of five African American athletes who faced racial discrimination as teammates at UCLA in the late 1930s. Best known among them was Jackie Robinson, a four-star athlete for the Bruins who went on to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball and become a leader in the civil rights movement after his retirement. Joining him were Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, and Ray Bartlett. The four played starring roles in an era when fewer than a dozen major colleges had black players on their rosters. This rejection of the "gentlemans agreement", which kept teams from fielding black players against all white teams, inspired black Angelinos and the African American press to adopt the teammates as their own. Washington became the first African American player to sign with an NFL team in the post-World War II era and later became a Los Angeles police officer and actor. Woody Strode, a Bruin football and track star, broke into the NFL with Washington in 1946 as a Los Angeles Ram and went on to act in at least fifty-seven full-length feature films. Ray Bartlett, a football, basketball, baseball, and track athlete, became the second African American to join the Pasadena Police Department, later donating his time to civic affairs and charity. Tom Bradley, a runner for the Bruins track team, spent twenty years fighting racial discrimination in the Los Angeles Police Department before being elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles" -- Provided by publisher.

Buck Ewing : a baseball biography

February 12, 2018
Kerr, Roy, 1947-
Jefferson, NC : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012.
vii, 205 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Buck Ewing (1859-1906), regarded by contemporaries as the greatest catcher / all-around player of his era, is virtually forgotten today. Was criticized by fellow players for negotiating contracts directly with the National League and accused of faking injuries. Book explores his life and career, shedding new light on one of baseball's most talented, versatile players"--Provided by publisher.

The critical surf studies reader

February 6, 2018
©2017
xii, 463 pages ; 23 cm
Colonialisms & decolonization -- On a mission : Hiram Bingham and the rhetoric of urgency / Patrick Moser -- A world apart: pleasure, rebellion, and the politics of surf tourism / Scott Laderman -- Kai Ea: rising waves of national and ethnic Hawaiian identities / Isaiah Helekunihi Walker -- Consolidation, creativity, and (de)colonization in the state of modern surfing / Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee & Alexander Sotelo Eastman -- Decolonizing sustainable surf tourism / Tara Ruttenberg & Pete Brosius -- Race, ethnicity and identity -- Surfing beyond racial and colonial imperatives in early modern Atlantic Africa and Oceania / Kevin Dawson -- Pushing under the whitewash : the double whiteness of South Africa's surfing sixties / Glen Thompson -- Space invaders in surfing's white tribe: exploring surfing, race and identity / Belinda Wheaton -- Indigenous surfing : pedagogy, pleasure, and decolonial practice / Colleen McGloin -- Appropriating surfing and the politics of indigenous authenticity / Dina Gilio-Whitaker -- Feminist critical geography -- Surfeminism, critical regionalism, public scholarship / Krista Comer -- Desexing surfing's pedagogies of possibility / lisahunter -- "My mother is a fish" : from stealth feminism to surfeminism / Cori Schumacher -- Capitalism, economics and the commodification of surf culture -- The surfer imaginary and the politics of leisure / Kristin Lawler -- The political economy of surfing : production, profit, and representation / Douglas Booth -- Soulful and precarious : the working experiences of surfboard makers / Andrew Warren & Chris Gibson -- Branded primitives / Robin Canniford -- Surfing and contemporary China / Clifton Evers.
"The evolution of surfing—from the first forms of wave-riding in Oceania, Africa, and the Americas to the inauguration of surfing as a competitive sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics—traverses the age of empire, the rise of globalization, and the onset of the digital age, taking on new meanings at each juncture. As corporations have sought to promote surfing as a lifestyle and leisure enterprise, the sport has also narrated its own epic myths that place North America at the center of surf culture and relegate Hawai'i and other indigenous surfing cultures to the margins. The Critical Surf Studies Reader brings together eighteen interdisciplinary essays that explore surfing's history and development as a practice embedded in complex and sometimes oppositional social, political, economic, and cultural relations. Refocusing the history and culture of surfing, this volume pays particular attention to reclaiming the roles that women, indigenous peoples, and people of color have played in surfing."--Back cover.

Norwich : one tiny Vermont town's secret to happiness and excellence

February 1, 2018
Crouse, Karen, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
276 pages ; 19 cm
Ski patrol -- Norwich's air force -- Hosannas for Hannah -- Setting his own pace -- Freedom rider -- The future of Norwich -- Epilogue.
"The extraordinary story of the small Vermont town that has likely produced more Olympians per capita than any other place in the country--and whose citizens provide a model for achieving excellence while leading a well-rounded life. Norwich, a charming Vermont town of roughly three thousand residents, has sent an athlete to almost every Winter Olympics for the past thirty years--and three times that athlete has returned with a medal. How does Norwich do it? To answer this question, New York Times reporter Karen Crouse moved to Vermont, immersing herself in the lives of Norwich Olympians past and present. There, amidst the organic farms and clapboard colonial buildings, she discovered a culture that's the opposite of the hypercompetitive schoolyard of today's tiger moms and eagle dads. In Norwich, kids aren't cut from teams. They don't specialize in a single sport, and they even root for their rivals. What's more, their hands-off parents encourage them to simply enjoy themselves. Making it to the Olympics is seen not as the pinnacle of an athlete's career but as a fun stop on the way to achieving other, longer-lasting dreams. Norwich, Crouse realized, wasn't just raising better athletes than the rest of America; it was raising happier, healthier kids. Full of inspiring stories of Olympians who excelled on and off the sports field--and had a blast doing so--Norwich is the book for every parent who wants to raise kids to be levelheaded, fulfilled, and successful"-- Provided by publisher.

Wandering Ohio : a Buckeye Trail thru-hike

January 22, 2018
Hewett, Chuck, author.
[United States] : [Chuck and Beth Hewett], [2017]
266 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm

Game Changer : the art of sports science

January 18, 2018
Connolly, Fergus, author.
Las Vegas, NV : Victory Belt Publishing, Inc., 2017.
484 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
"This book introduces never-before-seen models and systems forged from the latest evidence-based practices, as well perpectives from history, biology, philosophy, and other fields, and combines them to define winning principle that have been tested in the white heat of elite competition."--Back cover.

Game worn : baseball treasures from the game's greatest heroes and moments

January 17, 2018
Wong, Stephen, author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2016]
320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
The deadball era, 1900-1919. Jack Coombs ; Johnny Evers ; Fred Lake ; Frank Chance ; Rube Marquard ; Harry Hooper ; Earl Yingling ; Christy Mathewson ; John McGraw ; Ty Cobb ; Walter Johnson ; Branch Rickey ; Red Faber -- The greatest generation, 1920-1945. Babe Ruth ; Hub Pruett ; Muddy Ruel ; Frankie Frisch ; Sam Rice ; George Pipgras ; Charlie Gehringer ; Lefty Grove ; Lefty O'Doul ; Dizzy Dean ; Schoolboy Rowe ; Moe Berg ; Randy Moore ; Gabby Hartnett ; Joe DiMaggio ; Ernie Lombardi ; Carl Hubbell ; Lou Gehrig ; Woody Jensen ; Jimmie Foxx ; Bob Feller ; Ted Williams ; The War years : trading flannel for khaki -- The postwar years, 1946-1959. Satchel Paige ; Warren Spahn ; Eddie Waitkus ; Stan Musial ; Yogi Berra ; Jackie Robinson ; Roy Campanella ; Al Kaline ; Hank Aaron ; Ted Kluszewski ; Ernie Banks ; Eddie Mathews -- The expansion era, 1960-1971. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris ; Bill Mazeroski ; Nellie Fox ; Bob Gibson ; Pete Rose ; Willie Mays ; Sandy Koufax ; Roberto Clemente ; Tom Seaver ; Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson ; Johnny Bench -- The knit era, 1972-1999. Carlton Fisk ; Nolan Ryan ; Dave Winfield ; Lou Brock ; Rod Carew ; George Brett ; Fernando Valenzuela ; Mike Schmidt ; Cal Ripken Jr. ; Bo Jackson ; Randy Johnson ; David Cone -- Compendium.
"Game Worn: Treasures of Baseball's Greatest Heroes and Moments is a richly illustrated exploration and first-of-its-kind compendium study of the world's most coveted and precious baseball uniforms worn by Major League ballplayers during the twentieth century. This coffee-table book features many of the most historically significant uniforms, jackets, hats, as well as other treasured baseball collectibles that tell us as much about the history and soul of America as they do about the game and the players. Some of the extraordinary highlights featured in this book include: Babe Ruth's road jersey from his first season with the New York Yankees (1920), the sole surviving uniform from the infamous 1919 World Series, Joe DiMaggio's rookie uniform from 1936, the Boston Red Sox road uniform Ted Williams wore during his epic 1941 season, Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey from the 1952 season, Bill Mazeroski's Pittsburgh Pirates home uniform worn to hit the game-winning home run in game 7 of the 1960 World Series, and a visual feast of rare uniform styles. Each of the 68 entries includes sumptuous photography of the uniform and associated memorabilia, as well as a poignant and lively narrative highlighting its significance. The book also features a first-of-its-kind illustrated compendium with elaborate definitions of relevant terms that every baseball fan and collector needs to know, ranging from the All Star Game Uniform to the Zig-Zag Stitch. This book is an absolute must-have for anyone who has ever loved the game of baseball"-- Provided by publisher.

Higher calling : cycling's obsession with mountains

January 15, 2018
Leonard, Max, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
v, 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Guaranteed to appeal to all lovers of cycling, the author of Lanterne Rouge explores the glorious--and painful--allure of cycling up mountain peaks."-- Amazon.com.

Creating a season to remember : the new youth-sports-coaching leadership handbook

January 12, 2018
Perconte, Jack. author.
©2017
x, 302 pages ; 23 cm.
Creating the mindset to coach -- Creating a coaching perspective -- Creating a philosophy -- Creating a plan -- Creating a practice agenda -- Creating the practice environment -- Creating positive communication -- Creating meaning beyond the playing fields -- Creating sense and integrity -- Creating inspiration -- Creating a team atmosphere -- Creating a learning space for all -- Creating a mindset that accepts and adapts -- Creating the final touches.
This book contains the forward-thinking techniques that will bring enjoyment back to the games for all - athletes, parents, and coaches. Using his coaching experience, heartfelt personal stories, and thoughtful analysis of the teaching methods of all the greats in coaching, the author provides the answers. --amazon.com.

The National Hockey League official guide & record book.

January 11, 2018
Montreal, New York : National Hockey League,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.

Slobberknocker : my life in wrestling

January 11, 2018
Ross, Jim, 1952- author.
©2017
xviii, 332 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Part one: Before wrestling (1952-74) -- Growing up -- Watching wrestling -- Going to the matches -- Leaving home -- College -- The call -- The fundraiser -- Part two: Mid-south (1974-85) -- Start in the business -- Refereeing -- Still learning -- Behind the mic -- Not behind the mic -- Trying to stay in wrestling -- Out of the business -- Getting back in -- Back in the mid-south -- At the top table -- Changes from New York -- The greatest -- Going national -- Part three: UWF (1986-87) -- The expansion -- The decline and sale -- Part four: Crockett (1987-88) -- Crockett -- Let the games begin -- Returning home -- Last days of Crockett -- Part five: WCW (1988-93) -- Herd, Flair, and the ladies in the limo -- Booking committee -- Rotating announcers -- Steamboat and Flair -- Starrcade -- Some old faces return -- Building Sting -- Lady on a plane -- Heyman -- Changes, old and new -- Japan -- Flair leaves -- Changing of the guard -- My last days in WCW -- Part six: WWF (1993-99) -- Vince -- WCW Radio -- WrestleMania IX -- Growing pains -- Making friends -- In sickness and in health -- In and out -- Vince and good ol' JR -- The new and the old -- Market research -- Back to announcing -- Changing roles -- The "JJ role" -- Talent -- The black hat -- So long, Dad -- Sitting down with Foley -- Pillman -- Montreal -- A little more attitude -- Hell in a cell -- 2nd attack -- Coming home.
How did an Oklahoma farm kid with a vivid imagination and seemingly unattainable dreams became "The Voice of Wrestling" to millions of fans around the world? Ross became obsessed with professional wrestling having first saw it on his grandparent’s TV. Over the years he held almost every job in the business. He's also recognized as the man who built and nurtured a once-in-a-generation talent roster that took the WWE to new heights. Readers will finally get the opportunity to hear never-before-told stories about the politics, wackiness, and personalities of all the biggest stars; about overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams.

What we think about when we think about soccer

January 11, 2018
Critchley, Simon, 1960- author.
New York, NY : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
xix, 204 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Published simultaneously in Great Britain under title: What we think about when we think about football, by Profile Books.
Socialism -- Sensate ecstasy -- De-subjectifying football -- What is it like to be a ball? -- Repetition without origin -- Theatre of identity and non-identity -- Music must resound -- Theory and praxis -- Stupidity -- Intelligence -- Zizou -- Managerial nostalgia -- Klopp-time -- Football historicity -- Fetching back -- Disgust.
"Soccer is the world's most popular sport, inspiring the absolute devotion of countless fans around the globe. But what is it about soccer that makes it so compelling to watch, discuss, and think about? Is it what it says about class, race, or gender? Is it our national, regional, or tribal identities? Simon Critchley thinks it's all of these and more. In his new book, he explains what soccer can tell us about each, and how each informs the way we interpret the game, all while building a new system of aesthetics, or even poetics, that we can use to watch the beautiful game. Critchley has made a career out of bringing philosophy to the people through popular subjects, and in What We Think About When We Think About Soccer he uses his considerable philosophical acumen to examine the sport that has captured the hearts and minds of millions"-- Provided by publisher.

Should the tent be burning like that? : a professional amateur's guide to the outdoors

January 2, 2018
Heavey, Bill, author.
©2017
xiii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Chasing the chrome -- Adventures of a deer bum -- Angler's paradise -- No pain, no elk -- The South's top gun -- Fifty shades of green -- The making of a stand hunter -- My gun guru -- Castaway in deer paradise -- The odd couple -- Deer, lies, and videotape -- Father knows less -- Some home truths -- In the face of failure -- The stalk -- The stand -- If hunters ruled the world -- The slam man -- Meat matters -- Not the same -- Boys should be boys -- Hands off my stuff -- Cross-country skiing among the Cree -- Car talk -- Going to pieces -- The rope report -- Inward bound -- The bear essentials -- True grit -- Task master -- Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Eye -- Man overboard -- The sky's the limit -- Turkeys: life on the square -- Grand guns -- Gee whiz -- Dyeing to connect - Buddy trip -- Crash course -- Bass land -- Point well taken -- Turf war -- Wild ride -- Home water -- Fishing on the edge -- Gear good! -- Bow crazy -- Feet first -- The backcountry cure -- How to be a winner -- Flats fever -- Faced with an anti -- The lake effect -- Out of orbit -- The smallmouth man -- Tackle underworld -- What the horse saw -- Bull's eye -- Hoofing it for caribou -- Wishful thinking.
"In feature stories and his Field & Stream column, 'A Sportsman's Life,' as well as other publications, he has taken readers across the country and beyond to experience his triumphs and failures as a suburban dad who happens to love hunting and fishing. [This book] gathers together a wide range of Heavey's best work. He nearly drowns attempting to fish the pond inside the cloverleaf off an Interstate Highway four miles from the White House. He rents and crashes a forty-four-foot houseboat on a river in Florida. On a manic weeklong deer archery hunt in Ohio, he finds it necessary to practice by shooting arrows into his motel room's phonebook (the blunt penetrates all the way to page 358, "KITCHEN CABINET REFACING & REFINISHING"). Accompanying a shaggy steelhead fanatic - Mikey, who has no job or fixed address but owns four boats- on a thousand-mile odyssey up and down the California coast in search of fishable water, he comes to see Mikey as a purer soul than almost anyone he has ever met. Whatever the subject, Heavey's tales are odes to the notion that enthusiasm is more important than skill, and a testament to the enduring power of the natural world. Whether he's hunting mule deer in Montana, draining cash on an overpriced pistol, or ruminating on the joys and agonies of outdoor gear, Heavey always entertains and enlightens with honesty and wit."--Amazon.com.

Scholastic year in sports.

December 22, 2017
New York : Scholastic Inc., c2003-
v. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.

Cincinnati basketball playbook.

December 22, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio : UC Athletics Department and IMG College.
v. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm.
Gameday programs for the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team. Each program contains articles, team photos, team rosters and opponent rosters for three games.

Cam Newton : trying to win them all .

December 8, 2017
Stanmyre, Jackie F.
New York : Cavendish Square, 2018.
112 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
It took a while for Cam Newton to establish himself as a star quarterback, but when his time came he really shined. The Georgia native spent two years at the University of Florida playing behind Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow before transferring to a junior college, which he led to a national championship. Returning to major college football, he led undefeated Auburn to a national title. He was then chosen first overall in the National Football League draft by the Carolina Panthers. In 2015, he led the Panthers to a franchise-best 15-1 record and a berth in Super Bowl 50.

How we did it : the Subban plan for success in hockey, school and life

December 6, 2017
Subban, Karl, author.
Toronto : Random House Canada, 2017.
293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"The ultimate hockey dad, Karl Subban is a former school principal and father of five, including three sons--P.K., Malcolm and Jordan--who have been drafted to the NHL. Karl's inspirational and moving story follows the hockey journey from house league to big league and shows how to grow the unlimited potential that is in every child. In his thirty-plus years of coaching, teaching and parenting, Karl Subban has proved to be a leader with the gift of inspiring others. He has dedicated his life to helping young people grow their potential--to be better at what they do, and to be better people. Originally from Jamaica, Karl Subban, along with his wife, Maria, have raised five accomplished children. Their oldest son is P.K. Subban, who won the Norris trophy for top defenceman in the NHL and whose trade from the Canadiens to the Nashville Predators shocked the hockey world. Their two daughters are teachers, one a university basketball star and the other a talented visual artist. Their two youngest sons, Malcolm and Jordan, have been drafted and signed by the Bruins and the Canucks. As a child, Karl dreamed of being a star cricket player--but when he moved to Canada at age 12, hockey and basketball became his new passions. At university, when he realized his NBA hoop dreams would not come to be, Subban found his true destiny as an educator, devoting his life to bringing out the best in his students and his children. From the backyard hockey rink to the nail-biting suspense of draft days, Karl Subban shares tales of his family's unique hockey journey. Mixing personal stories with lessons he learned as a coach and principal--lessons about goal-setting, perseverance and accomplishment--How We Did It will allow other parents, teachers, coaches and mentors to apply the same principles as they help the young people in their lives to identify, develop and live their dreams."-- Provided by publisher.

Kansas baseball, 1858-1941

December 6, 2017
Eberle, Mark E., author.
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, [2017]
xxiii, 400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Early history of baseball in Kansas -- Town teams and the early game -- Hometown women's teams and barnstorming Bloomer Girls -- African American baseball -- American Indian baseball -- Mexican and Mexican-American baseball and softball -- Minor leagues and the establishment of night baseball -- Major league exhibition games and tours -- Game goes on, Kansas town teams evolve -- Historical Baseball Parks in Kansas -- Joe Campbell Memorial Stadium, Rossville (1924) -- South Park Field, Kinsley (1934) -- Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, Wichita (1934) -- Clint Lightner Field, Garden City (1936) -- Katy Stadium, Chanute (1936) -- Moffet Field Stadium, Larned (1937) -- Rathert Stadium, Junction City (1937) -- McDonald Stadium, El Dorado (1940) -- Larks Park, Hays (1940).

The New York Times story of the Yankees : 1903 - present : 390 articles, profiles & essays

December 6, 2017
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, [2017]
543 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Nine lessons I learned from my father

December 4, 2017
Howe, Murray (Murray A.), author.
Toronto, Ontario : Viking Canada, 2017.
232 pages ; 22 cm
Live honorably -- Live generously -- Play hard, but have fun -- Patience, patience, patience -- Live selflessly -- Be humble -- Be tough -- Stay positive -- Friends and family are like gold--treasure them.
Gordie Howe may have been the greatest player in the history of hockey, but greatness was never defined by goals or assists in the Howe household. Greatness meant being the best person you could be, not the best player on the ice. Unlike his two brothers, Murray Howe failed in his attempt to follow in his father's footsteps to become a professional athlete. Yet his failure brought him to the realization that his dream wasn't really to be a pro hockey player. His dream was to be his father. To be amazing at something, but humble and gracious. To be courageous, and stand up for the little guy. To be a hero. You don't need to be a hockey player to do that. What he learned was that it was a waste of time wishing you were like someone else.

Fierce : how competing for myself changed everything

December 1, 2017
Raisman, Aly, 1994- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Honest and heartfelt, frank and funny, Aly's story is enhanced with never-before-published photos, excerpts from the personal journals she's kept since childhood that chronicle memorable moments with her teammates, and hard-won advice for readers striving to rise above challenges, learn to love themselves, and make their own dreams come true.

Basketball (and other things) : a collection of questions asked, answered, illustrated

November 30, 2017
Serrano, Shea, author.
©2017
239 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
What year was Michael Jordan the best version of Michael Jordan? -- Who's your frankenplayer made out of? -- Who's the greatest dunker in NBA history? -- What's the order of the first round of the fictional basketball player draft? Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3 -- Which NBA players get remembered for the wrong reasons? -- How many points should [SHOT] actually be worth? -- Which dunks are in the disrespectful dunk hall of fame? Part 1 ; Part 2 -- Who is your memory hero? -- Which NBA player's group are you joining if the purge begins tonight? -- What's the most important NBA championship? Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3 -- Basketball court: Who's more important to the history of basketball, Allen Iverson or Dwayne Wade? -- How do players' legacies change if we change their names? -- What's the plot for Death Hammer 2: Hammergeddon? -- If 1997 Karl Malone and a bear swapped places for a season, who would be more successful? -- What if Nick Anderson made one of those free throws? -- What happened in the moment before "the moment"? Part 1 (1986-1991) ; Part 2 (1991-2001) ; Part 3 (2002-2016) -- Was Kobe Bryant a dork? (and also: How many years during his career was Kobe Bryant the best player in the league?) -- What attributes make for the best basketball villain? (and also: Who's a first-ballot selection for the Basketball Villain Hall of Fame?) -- Should we do a chapter that's just a bunch of lists? -- Am I allowed to _____ during pickup basketball? Part 1 ; Part 2 -- Who had the better big-name game under duress? -- What would've happened if Shaq and Hakeem had played that one-on-one game? -- Which was the most perfect duo in NBA history? -- If you could dunk on any one person, who would it be? -- Which NBA player's legacy is the most greatly affected if we give him the championship he never won?
"Thirty-three chapters, each one a different basketball question that needs to be answered. Some of them are obviously crucial ... and some of them are secretly crucial. But all of them are approached in ways that ([the author] hope[s] you think) are smart and fun and nuanced"--Back cover.

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