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:
Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general? Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?
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.