14 August 2008

BTT for 8/14

A bit of a different question this week:

You, um, may have noticed that the Olympics are going on right now, so that’s the genesis of this week’s question, in two parts:
First:
Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general? Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?
And, Second:
Do you consider yourself a sports fan? Because, of course, if you’re a rabid fan and read about sports constantly, there’s a logic there; if you hate sports and never read anything sports-related, that, too … but you don’t have to love sports to enjoy a good sports story.


On the first question, I'd say i can't remember reading anything about the Olympics or olympic type sports. I have probably read a few books, probably fiction, centered on sports but the only ones i can think of right now are Playing for Pizza by John Grisham, one about football in Italy which i didn't like much and was the last time I'll bother with grisham. I had to read The Natural in high school and also didn't like it.

As for the second question: yes yes yes! I watch football, pro and college. I watch college basketball regularly. I watch Sportscenter. I normally like sports movies, as long as they don't have too many children or dogs that do tricks. i mean, Bull Durham is one of the best movies ever, not just a baseball movie. If you don't tear up during Pride of the Yankees you have no soul. Maybe you get a pass if you're a Red Sox fan. Seabiscuit, Rudy, Rocky, the first Longest Yard, heck even Major League are all great movies. Sure, there's usually cliches: the training montage, the wise old mentor, with wise-cracking rookie, the miraculous win. But they are far more interesting cliches, and have better stories usually, than the average romantic comedy.

3 comments:

  1. Wow you really are a sports enthusiast! I'd rather play sports than watch them.

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  2. i am a short round white girl. i suck at playing! :)

    I have remembered a nonfic sports book i liked: Faithful by Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan. they started writing it the season the Red Sox finally won the series. it was cool to read about what they felt and thought through the season's ups and downs. And then to be vindicated in the series!

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  3. I certainly don't do much, if any, sports reading as far as books go, other than anything that might help in Fantasy Football!!! I am certainly a sports fan though. Love football but in general really enjoy most sports. I am certainly enjoying the Olympics right now, surprisingly more than I anticipated doing.

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