Reviews and Blog Posts: Sports

Beneath a meth moon: an elegy

by Jacqueline Woodson

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 Hurricane Katrina uprooted Laurel's family and now she lives with her father in a small town. He is by all accounts a loving, doting dad. When she starts a relationship with a ball player he introduces her to crystal meth. She thinks that she can handle it but her best...

Defining Documentaries

Girl Rising

As film festivals go, DOC NYC is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world.

Plaza Voices: Cricket, anyone?

Photo of a cricket ball (creative commons).

Last spring, walking in a park near my house, I saw something I'd never seen before: people playing cricket. It got me thinking about this sport that I suddenly realized I knew nothing about, and had only seen in English costume dramas.

How to ditch your fairy

by Justine Larbalestier

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Most people have a fairy which charms them in some way. Charlie's best friend, Rochelle, has a clothes shopping fairy which always scores her amazing deals (when it isn't raining, anyway). Charlie's romantic rival, Fiorenze, has an all boys will like you fairy which overrides their usual dating tastes. Charlie,...

Undisputed truth

by Mike Tyson

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This is a brawler of a book. It’s unflinching in its honesty and brutal in its depiction of one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time. There is no self pity, no woe is me justifications, just a very candid portrayal of one of sports most compelling...

The boys in the boat [nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics]

by Daniel Brown

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Part history, part biography, I thought that this book would be about just the main character, Joe Rantz, and the crew team he was part of. But the book covered so much more! It includes the history of George Pocock and the development of his boats, the great depression, the...

Open : an autobiography

by Andre Agassi

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This one of the few sports biographies I’ve read, and my friends were right: it’s good. Open: An Autobiography begins with a disoriented Andre Agassi waking in the morning, completely disoriented, in pain, struggling to recall who he is, why is back is throbbing, where he is...and it all comes...

Sporting PRIDE

White baseball hat with PRIDE decal.

If you're a sports fan, chances are good you've heard some trash-talk at sporting events.  Athletes are now bringing their A-game to promote tolerance.

The San Francisco Giants have made sports history with their contribution to Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth with the promise that their futures will be brighter. The National Basketball Association along with its partners has promoted Think B4 You Speak during the NBA finals.

A tribute

Cycling. The sport of professional cycling is one of the most unique, bizarre and passionate sports viewed and participated in worldwide.

Two days ago, pro-cyclist Wouter Weylandt from Belgium, age 26, died on a descent just 12.4 miles from the finish line during the Giro D'Italia pro-cycling tour of Italy.

The sport of professional cycling yields danger each day as cyclists bike up to 244 kilometers (+) or 155 miles per day for up to three weeks straight, with perhaps a two or three day break the entire time.

Do You Believe in Miracles?!

Miracle Movie Poster

The event known as The Miracle on Ice occurred on February 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. The United States Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union Hockey Team by a score of 4 to 3, widely considered to be the biggest upset in sports history. This win did not secure the gold medal for the team, however, it was earned after defeating the team from Finland.

The Disney film, Miracle, starring Kurt Russell as Coach Brooks, portrayed this historic event to a new generation of sports fans. Paying excellent attention to historical details, the film not only delves into the minds and motivations of the players, but the national fervor that they were embodying.

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