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#1 Champions of Nothing

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:26 PM

I am mainly interested in Sports and Music (surprise, surprise) and from these genre's I really like biographies and autobiographies.

For Sports, I am interested in Hockey and football first a foremost, but have read a couple books outside of those, including my all-time favorite book, Moneyball.

For Music, I am most interested in the Grunge Era. But am open to other era's (providing I like the music).


Books I've read (off the top of my head):

Sports:
Moneyball
The Blindside
Friday Night Lights
The Game by Ken Dryden
The Waterboy
The Riddle of the Russian Rocket
Out of Control: Confessions of an NFL Casulaty (Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson)

Music:
Scar Tissue
None Too Fragile: Pearl Jam & Eddie Vedder
Grunge is Dead
a few others I'm drawing a blank on

Plus a handful of books on football coaching/leadership/strategies/drills/ect...

Having read Moneyball and The Blindside, I have come to really love Michael Lewis' writing style. It's a shame he wrote most of his books about Economics.

You can see what I like, suggest away!
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:27 PM

Canucks in 40 book :D Amazing book
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:32 PM

Canucks in 40 book :D Amazing book

Got it. Didn't include coffee table books.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:36 PM

http://www.amazon.ca...r/dp/077103086X
This is Phil Esposito's book. It's pretty fantastic. I have read it twice and would read it again for sure.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:37 PM

Slash's autobiography is great. Marilyn Manson's Long Hard Road Out Of Hell is a great read whether you like him or not. Motley Cre's book.

Sports - James Duthie's book is entertaining, as are Don Cherry's Hockey Stories and Stuff and Al Strachan's I Am Not Making This Up.


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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:38 PM

No, you must read 50 Shades of Grey :lol:

* I need book as well, maybe Moneyball?
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:39 PM

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:58 PM

http://www.amazon.ca...r/dp/077103086X
This is Phil Esposito's book. It's pretty fantastic. I have read it twice and would read it again for sure.

Might give that a true. As a Bruins fan I'm sure my dad has it already.

Slash's autobiography is great. Marilyn Manson's Long Hard Road Out Of Hell is a great read whether you like him or not. Motley Crüe's book.

Sports - James Duthie's book is entertaining, as are Don Cherry's Hockey Stories and Stuff and Al Strachan's I Am Not Making This Up.

Slash I would definately check out. Manson I'm not so sure.

Something about media/broadcasters writing books makes me worried that they will just be filled with what we read/here from them on a regular basis.

No, you must read 50 Shades of Grey :lol:

* I need book as well, maybe Moneyball?

If you're interested in statsics and that side of sports, Moneyball is a must-read.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:47 PM

Playing with fire, the book about theo fleury. I've read it myself, pretty good.

The swinger, a book about a 'fictional' golfer whose exploits are very similar to tiger woods. I haven't actually read it.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:52 PM

Pavel Bure: The Riddle of the Russian Rocket
The John Kordic Story..Good read about the troubled life of ex NHL enforcer, John Kordic.
Tough Guy...Basically same as above, just about Bob Probert!
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 11:40 PM

The hunger games series
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:08 AM

Might give that a true. As a Bruins fan I'm sure my dad has it already.


Slash I would definately check out. Manson I'm not so sure.

Something about media/broadcasters writing books makes me worried that they will just be filled with what we read/here from them on a regular basis.


If you're interested in statsics and that side of sports, Moneyball is a must-read.


Trust me, read them all. All the hockey books are all just tons of short, personal stories. Duthie's is really funny.

Manson - I'm not a huge fan, but you'll end up reading the whole book in one go. It's fascinating.
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:53 AM

"Playing With Fire" By Theo Fleury.

Really really dark book.. He writes about how he was molested by Graham James, how much coke he did, what was going on in the NHL back then with the players and how he almost ended it all.

One of the best life stories I've ever read, lots of respect for the guy. Its not the best book but its my favorite book, +300 pages of deep stuff.

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After you finish that I suggest you watch HBO's documentary on it.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:55 AM

where's waldo.
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:54 AM

The Game by Ken Dryden

Sacred Hoops - Spiritual lessons of a hardwood warrior by Phil Jackson

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:20 AM

The Art of Racing in the Rain :)
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:25 AM

Nerdist Way - Chris Hardwick - No sports...no music...just a good book.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:28 AM

30 Years Of the Game At It's best- It's great book summarizing the WJ's from 1982 to 2011
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:32 AM

I've just started reading 'The Code' by GB Joyce.

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It's murder mystery set around hockey. So far, it's a pretty good read.
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:58 AM

Playing with fire, the book about theo fleury. I've read it myself, pretty good.

The swinger, a book about a 'fictional' golfer whose exploits are very similar to tiger woods. I haven't actually read it.

Not a fan of Theo's, wouldn't be at the top of my list to read.

Pavel Bure: The Riddle of the Russian Rocket
The John Kordic Story..Good read about the troubled life of ex NHL enforcer, John Kordic.
Tough Guy...Basically same as above, just about Bob Probert!

Someone didn't read my post... :P I've read Bure's book.

The hunger games series

Not interested in fiction.

"Playing With Fire" By Theo Fleury.

Really really dark book.. He writes about how he was molested by Graham James, how much coke he did, what was going on in the NHL back then with the players and how he almost ended it all.

One of the best life stories I've ever read, lots of respect for the guy. Its not the best book but its my favorite book, +300 pages of deep stuff.


After you finish that I suggest you watch HBO's documentary on it.

See above.

The Game by Ken Dryden

Sacred Hoops - Spiritual lessons of a hardwood warrior by Phil Jackson

Already read The Game, as I said above.

Not a basketball fan.
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 11:03 AM

http://www.amazon.ca...n/dp/0684873230

This is great.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 03:06 PM

The Shadow of the Wind
The Angels Game
The Steig Larsson Trilogy
Absolute Power
The Darkest Room
The Last 10 Seconds
The Reiki Man
The Company of Fellows
Truth Dare Kill
The Grower
Shadow
The Dead Tracks
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:37 PM

The Shadow of the Wind
The Angels Game
The Steig Larsson Trilogy
Absolute Power
The Darkest Room
The Last 10 Seconds
The Reiki Man
The Company of Fellows
Truth Dare Kill
The Grower
Shadow
The Dead Tracks

Not looking to fill my reading time for the next 10 years. :P

If you just had to recommend 1 or 2 based on what I talked about above, which would it be?
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:50 PM

Reach for the Sky , Douglas Bader's story truly inspiratational .
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:11 AM

Ok well none of the above. However I do think you should try the first 2 and the trilogy.

Anyway the best sports books I have read are. I haven't read many in truth.

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby (saw the film which wasn't as good)
A River Runs through It by Norman McLean. Ok it's about fishing.......and growing up but it is a great, if short, read.
The Damned United by David Peace
The Grudge by Tom English (an epic book about character, national identity and two team's will to win. It helped that I lived through it and witnessed it at the time.)

The only books I have read on Music are.

The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (I also saw the film, which wasn't as good)
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:45 AM

i haven't read it personallly, but i was looking through the music section of a local bookstore yesterday and saw one called 'EVERYBODY LOVES OUR TOWN; AN ORAL HISTORY OF GRUNGE'

http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/0307464431

this link has a lot of professional reviews.

i've read the 'oral history' book on punk called 'PLEASE KILL ME' and it's pretty good. the oral history books are interesting in that they're told through the bands themselves, or producers, or people who were actually there.

if you're more interested in criticism and just general discussion, there's a book series called '33 1/3.' they are small pocket-sized books, each one dealing with a specific album. i believe there are 85 or so books so far. i've read a few, some are dreadful, some are great.

here's a list;

http://www.amazon.co...keywords=33 1 3

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:15 AM

Don Quixote
20.000 Leagues Under the Sea
Around the World in 80 Days
The Count of Monte Cristo
Arabian Nights
Enders Game ( I've read thhis about 4 times)
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:07 PM

I have Tiger William's biography and its great, but it was published in the 80's so you might have a harder time finding it.

If you're interested in fiction, I would recommend anything by Kurt Vonnegut, particularly Slaughterhouse 5 or Cat's Cradle.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:10 PM

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick...will blow...your...mind.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 01:06 PM

I'm not a big fan of fiction either. If you want to branch out from your "Sports and Music" genres:

- Freakonomics
- (if you like that, the follow-up) Superfreakonomics
- Guns, Germs, and Steel
- No Logo
- Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance
- Confessions of an Economic Hitman
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