Football's Strangest Matches: Extraordinary But True Stories from Over a Century of Football (Strangest series)

By Andrew Ward

The world's favourite game has definitely given us its justifiable share of wierd moments. writer Andrew Ward has trawled the activities pages of historical past to create a desirable choice of strange but actual stories from greater than a century of the attractive online game. From Blackburn Rovers' one-man workforce to Wilfred Minter's seven-goal haul during which he nonetheless ended up at the wasting facet, there are ambitions and gaffes galore drawn from all degrees of the soccer international, even if high-profile internationals or the bottom levels of family soccer. This outstanding ebook makes a superb present for any soccer fan, and positively proves the previous adage loved by way of soccer commentators—"it's a humorous outdated game."

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A Canoeist's Sketchbook

By Robert Kimber

Kimber stocks his own paddling philosophy, prepared in an alphabetical development of essays. half thinker, half slapstick comedian, and a good canoiest, Kimber unearths the center and soul of the wasteland adventure. alongside the best way he unearths a bunch of functional easy methods to camp and canoe in foreign places.

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Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire

By Martin Fletcher

Shortlisted for the William Hill activities booklet of the yr award. On could eleven 1985, fifty-six humans died in a devastating fireplace at Bradford City's outdated Valley Parade flooring. It was once actually terrible, a startling tale - and thoroughly avoidable - however it had basically the briefest of inquiries, and it appeared its classes weren't realized. Twelve-year-old Martin Fletcher used to be at Valley Parade that day, celebrating Bradford's promoting to the second one flight, along with his dad, brother, uncle and grandfather. Martin used to be the one considered one of them to outlive the fireplace - the largest loss suffered via a unmarried relations in any British soccer catastrophe. In later years, Martin committed himself to broadly investigating how the catastrophe used to be triggered, its tradition of institutional overlook and the government's basic indifference in the direction of soccer enthusiasts' defense on the time. This publication tells the gripping, striking in-depth tale of a boy's unthinkable loss following a spring afternoon at a soccer fit, of the way fifty-six humans might die at a online game, and of the truths he unearthed as an grownup. this is often the tale - thirty years on - of the catastrophe soccer hasn't ever effectively said.

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American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf

By James Dodson

With compelling element and natural ardour, James Dodson recounts the singular brilliance of 3 golfing titans and the way they kept the pro journey and created the sport as we all know it today.
During the melancholy golfing was once in situation. As a spectator activity it used to be at the verge of extinction. This was once the sorrowful prospect dealing with Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan –two dirt-poor boys from Texas and one other from Virginia, who had committed themselves to the game. yet then lightning struck, and from the overdue thirties into the fifties those 3 males have been so completely dominant that they reworked either how the sport used to be performed and the way society seemed it. Paving the way in which for the following acclaim for avid gamers from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods, they have been, and should consistently stay, a triumvirate for the ages.

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Taking Shots: Tall Tales, Bizarre Battles, and the Incredible Truth About the NBA

By Keith Glass

Bring a kinfolk of 4 to an NBA video game this present day, and it bills round $500 to observe a number of seven-footers take undesirable photographs. maybe the quote frequently attributed to P.T. Barnum is true—there fairly is a sucker born each minute.

The NBA is in hassle. And as NBA agent Keith Glass describes it—he's a part of the matter! If staff proprietors are keen to throw thousands of bucks his manner for marginal avid gamers, why should still he be the one one with the self-restraint to claim "no"?

In his insightful, humorous, and sometimes mind-numbingly strange stories of existence within the NBA during the last twenty- 5 years, Keith Glass shall we it fly from half-court. he will let you know how we acquired to the current state—where an agent who makes hundreds of thousands off the sport cannot sit down via one; why our NBA stars could not seize Olympic gold; and why the sport he loves is in dire desire of help.

Glass has visible all of it because the consultant of gamers like Mark Eaton, the seven-foot-five middle discovered operating as a mechanic simply because he hated basketball; Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who switched over to Islam and taken the wrath of the league upon him whilst he refused to face for the nationwide Anthem; and first-round draft choose Quincy Douby, who used to be compelled to go into the draft sooner than graduating from Rutgers as a result of the harsh NCAA ideas concerning collage eligibility.

With informative chapters equivalent to "How to Feed your loved ones on merely $14 Million a Year," "Eighty-one toes of White Centers," and "From 6'11" to the 7- Eleven," Glass shatters the parable of NBA advertising: that every thing in regards to the online game is superb, and that so long as the lovers within the luxurious bins are satisfied and weighed down with dear item, all is easily. yet haven't any worry! Keith Glass does not pontificate concerning the evils of spotlight movie slam-dunks—he'll simply have you ever falling down giggling as he flagrantly fouls the league that was the envy of the professional activities world.

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Tiger Woods: An Unauthorized Biography

Tiger Woods is a global golfing megastar with thousands of either adoring enthusiasts and vociferous critics. ahead of his hugely publicized fall from grace in 2010, Woods, the California baby prodigy and richest athlete of all time, used to be on his strategy to golfing legend prestige with 14 significant championships, simply 4 shy of all-time nice Jack Nicklaus.

Most fanatics are conscious of Woods' accolades at the path and his controversies off of it, yet on the way to really comprehend Tiger Woods, you want to first comprehend the place he got here from. This unauthorized biography explores Woods' upbringing, his university and beginner careers, and information his leap forward onto the PGA travel, all through the lead-up to the 2013 Masters.

From relations to golfing to the longer term, all you want to find out about Tiger Woods is true the following, instantaneously, within the hottest insurance of his life.

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Solitaire Spirit: Three times around the world single-handed

Les Powles purely had eight hours of boating event whilst he made up our minds to sail solo around the globe. Many newbies will be content material to only dream of such an event, and perhaps get so far as a solo Channel crossing a number of years down the road. now not so Les Powles, one of many 20th century's such a lot impressive and kooky sailors.

Les used to be in his 50s whilst he equipped himself a yacht with little past wisdom of boatbuilding. Remarkably he made it around the Atlantic, although his navigation abilities did not fit his boatbuilding talents. His first landfall was once Brazil. He'd been aiming for Barbados - a hundred miles north, and in a special hemisphere!

Three whole solo circumnavigations undefined, them all filled with incident. The final one observed him given up for lifeless whilst he hadn't been heard from for 4 months. His boat were broken in a typhoon, he'd misplaced all communications and had nearly run out of nutrition. while he sailed up the Lymington River (aged 70) in a skeletal kingdom his arrival triggered a media frenzy. Lymington Marina as a result gave him a loose berth for life.

A very good achiever who has crushed the chances, Les Powles tells his tale in a full of life, exciting, funny and compelling approach. it is going to resonate with sailors and non sailors alike, and will encourage certainly one of them to turn into the twenty-first century's Les Powles.

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An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport: With random thoughts from childhood. And with random thoughts from times other than childhood . . .

By Kenny Mayne

Book Details:

ISBN: 0307396193
EAN: 9780307396198
ASIN: 0307396193
Publisher: 3 Rivers Press
Publication Date: 2009-02-03
Number of Pages: 256
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books, Goodreads

Synopsis from Amazon:

Part activities dictionary, half memoir, half real, and half thoroughly made up–a heritage of the world's so much liked sports.

Kenny Mayne is the little guy who turns out to stay within your television. From website hosting ESPN's SportsCenter when you consider that 1995, saying significant occasions just like the Kentucky Derby, his weekly pregame segments for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown referred to as "The Mayne Event," and his reality-TV existence on Dancing with the celebrities and speedy automobiles & Superstars to his ubiquitous ads for firms reminiscent of Top-Flite and GMC, you virtually can't cross an afternoon with out seeing Kenny in your monitor.

Herein, Kenny has escaped the television monitor to convey his irreverent (bordering on surreal) sensibility to the broadcast web page. half nostalgic memoir (like the summer time local child Mark Sansaver hit 843 domestic runs in yard Wiffle ball), half Dave Barry-esque riffs (like explaining bocce to non-Italians), half scholarly tract (includes the origins of take on football), and half metafiction (see "Time-outs") . . . all with illustrations drawn by way of Kenny's daughters, An Incomplete and faulty background of game is what Kenny calls his anti coffee-table publication, or Coaster.

"Kurt Vonnegut by no means wrote a e-book approximately activities. This one will just do fine."
–Daily Racing Form

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Mastering Skateboarding

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Dirty Inspirations: Lessons from the Trenches of Extreme Endurance Sports

By Terri Schneider

The quest to discover one’s personal limits and surpass them is what defines us as humans. via consciously picking out to stroll the trail of most resistance, we come to a greater realizing of ourselves, and our strength for actual, psychological and emotional progress. And nowhere is that this common trip larger represented than within the crucible of maximum persistence activities, the place athletes are actually driven past the boundaries of what turns out possible.

Direct from the trenches of ultra-endurance racing and hiking, Dirty Inspirations takes readers via environments as majestic as they're unforgiving—all whereas offering the original standpoint of a lady who has made it her life’s paintings to exceed her limits. From the brutal warmth of the Sahara, to the deep jungles of the Amazon and the awe-inspiring peaks of Denali, Terri Schneider’s quest to locate the solutions to life’s final questions have taken her to the furthest reaches of the Earth. Now, readers have the opportunity to adventure for themselves what can really be entire in case you reject good judgment, own security and preconceptions of what's attainable.

noticeable in the course of the eyes of 1 of the main diversely skilled lady persistence athletes in the world, the tales in Dirty Inspirations show off ache as a advantage, reinvigorating the life-long athlete and supplying encouragement to somebody trying to carry extra motion into their lives. half philosophical trip, half religious awakening, and half riveting drama, the tales awarded in Dirty Inspirations embody the tremendous resiliency of the human physique and the indomitable nature of the human spirit.

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