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God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back)

God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back) Description:

ESPN thinks its viewers are stupid The Olympics claw at your inner sap Barbaro after all was just a horse So says Will Leitch founding editor of Deadspin com whose God Save the Fan is your new manifesto br br Arch and unrepentant Leitch is the mouthpiece for all the frustrated fans who just want their games back from big money bloated egos and blathering sportscasters Always a fan first and a journalist second Leitch considers the perfection of fantasy leagues the meaninglessness of the steroids debate and the aching permanence of loyalty to just one team He ll tell you why long before that dogfighting mess Michael Vick s undercover STD clinic name was Ron Mexico why athletes persist in publicly praising God and what the beer companies really think about you Share Leitch s dread as he spends twenty four hours watching ESPN Sit and have a beer with John Rocker and his surprising girlfriend Be inspired by Rick Ankiel s phoenixlike rise and fall br br With a voice strengthened by the success of Deadspin and its chorus of commenters Leitch has written all new material for em God Save the Fan em If you or a fan you love is suffering from the sense of listless dissatisfaction brought on by the leagues and networks this is your restorative tonic Packed with lists glossaries confessions and rages Leitch s manifesto sings a rallying cry for fan empowerment The games after all belong to us

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

Catch

Catch Description:

Everything comes easy for Tim Temples He s got a sweet summer job lots of love from the ladies and parties with his high school buddies Why does he need to go to college br br Then Tim falls hard for Helena a worldly and mysterious twenty two year old Their relationship opens his eyes to life outside the small town of Mattoon Illinois Now Tim has to choose Will he settle for being a small town hero or will he leave it all behind to follow his dreams

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

Are We Winning? Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball

Are We Winning? Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball Description:

A hilarious tribute to baseball and to the fathers and sons who share the love of the game br br em Are We Winning em is built around a trip to Wrigley Field to watch the St Louis Cardinals play the Chicago Cubs the lovable losers to most fans but the hated enemy to the Leitch men Along for the ride are both Will s father the gregarious but not exactly demonstrative Midwestern titan who despite being a die hard Cards fan and living his whole life just miles south of Chicago had never been to Wrigley Field before this game and Will s college friend a lifelong Cubs fan The Cardinals have recently fallen out of the pennant race and the Cubs as it turns out are attempting to clinch the division on this Saturday afternoon in September The pitchers are Ted Lilly for the Cubs and Joel Pineiro for the Cardinals It s just a regular game Play ball br br The book unfolds in half inning increments where Will gives one of a kind insight on the past present and future of the game from Pujols unrivaled greatness to the myth that steroids have ruined baseball Along the way he shares memories of his father and growing up in the small town of Mattoon including the year his dad coached his Little League team and nicknamed a scrawny kid Bulldog and an unlikely postgame episode involving a biker bar and em Mr Holland s Opus em And there is beer Lots and lots of beer br br em Are We Winning em is a book about the indelible bond that links fathers and sons For the Leitch men it s baseball that holds them together not that either of them would ever be so weak as to admit it No matter how far apart they are or what s going on in their lives they ll always be able to talk about baseball It s the story of being a fan a story about fathers sons and legacies And one perfect game

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

Life as a Loser

Life as a Loser Description:

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Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Are We Winning?

Are We Winning? Description:

A hilarious tribute to baseball and to the fathers and sons who share the love of the game br Are We Winning is built around a trip to Wrigley Field to watch the St Louis Cardinals play the Chicago Cubs the lovable losers to most fans but the hated enemy to the Leitch men Along for the ride are both Will s father the gregarious but not exactly demonstrative Midwestern titan who despite being a die hard Cards fan and living his whole life just miles south of Chicago had never been to Wrigley Field before this game and Will s college friend a lifelong Cubs fan The Cardinals have recently fallen out of the pennant race and the Cubs as it turns out are attempting to clinch the division on this Saturday afternoon in September The pitchers are Ted Lilly for the Cubs and Joel Pineiro for the Cardinals It s just a regular game Play ball br The book unfolds in half inning increments where Will gives one of a kind insight on the past present and future of the game from Pujols unrivaled greatness to the myth that steroids have ruined baseball Along the way he shares memories of his father and growing up in the small town of Mattoon including the year his dad coached his Little League team and nicknamed a scrawny kid Bulldog and an unlikely postgame episode involving a biker bar and Mr Holland s Opus And there is beer Lots and lots of beer br Are We Winning is a book about the indelible bond that links fathers and sons For the Leitch men it s baseball that holds them together not that either of them would ever be so weak as to admit it No matter how far apart they are or what s going on in their lives they ll always be able to talk about baseball It s the story of being a fan a story about fathers sons and legacies And one perfect game

Rating: 3.48 out of 5

God Save the Fan

God Save the Fan Description:

ESPN thinks its viewers are stupid The Olympics claw at your inner sap Barbaro after all was just a horse So says Will Leitch founding editor of Deadspin com whose God Save the Fan is your new manifesto br br Arch and unrepentant Leitch is the mouthpiece for all the frustrated fans who just want their games back from big money bloated egos and blathering sportscasters Always a fan first and a journalist second Leitch considers the perfection of fantasy leagues the meaninglessness of the steroids debate and the aching permanence of loyalty to just one team He ll tell you why long before that dogfighting mess Michael Vick s undercover STD clinic name was Ron Mexico why athletes persist in publicly praising God and what the beer companies really think about you Share Leitch s dread as he spends twenty four hours watching ESPN Sit and have a beer with John Rocker and his surprising girlfriend Be inspired by Rick Ankiel s phoenixlike rise and fall br br With a voice strengthened by the success of Deadspin and its chorus of commenters Leitch has written all new material for God Save the Fan If you or a fan you love is suffering from the sense of listless dissatisfaction brought on by the leagues and networks this is your restorative tonic Packed with lists glossaries confessions and rages Leitch s manifesto sings a rallying cry for fan empowerment The games after all belong to us

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

21 Proms

21 Proms Description:

Sometimes the night of your dreams can be a total nightmare br br The prom It s supposed to be one of the best nights of your life Or at least you re supposed to have a good time But what if you d rather be going with your best friend s date than your own What if a sinister underground society of students has spiked the punch What if your date turns out to be more of a frog than a prince Or what if he s literally an ape br br There are ways you can fight it You can protest the silliness of the regular prom by hosting a backwards prom also known as a morp You can throw a prom for fat girls You can stay at home to watch old teen movies and get your cute neighbor and his cuter brother to join you You can dance to your own music br br Here of the funniest most imaginative writers today create their own kind of prom stories Some are triumphs Some are disasters But each one is a night you ll never forget br

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss, and Football in Dillon, Texas

A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss, and Football in Dillon, Texas Description:

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Rating: 3.27 out of 5

Field-Tested Books

Field-Tested Books Description:

Spanning the globe and nearly pages the Field Tested Books book contains three years of reviews entries from more than contributors Our contributors tell us where they read the books they ve recommended giving each review a sense of place In some cases title and locale have little to do with one another In others destination played a role in the selection It s clear in every review that location impacted the reading experience Perhaps you ll find the perfect book for your own sojourn Take it to the beach use it to plan your next literary vacation or keep it in your library for quick reference A portion of the proceeds on each book sold goes to First Book an awesome charity that buys new books for underprivileged kids You buy a book and a kid gets a book Nice

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

Purpose, Perseverance and Power Arms: The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals: The 2013 United Cardinal Bloggers Publication

Purpose, Perseverance and Power Arms: The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals: The 2013 United Cardinal Bloggers Publication Description:

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Rating: 3.31 out of 5