Let’s see, Megan Rapinoe or Tom Seaver.
“The Dynasty” or the “Back Roads to March.”
There’s also a book called “Three Ring Circus,” the latest version of the Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Laker Dynasty.
All are worthy reads.
“Talking to GOATS,” by Jim Gray, forward by Tom Brady, reciting a story told by Oscar-winning actor Jack Nicholson, might get you off to a good start.
By this time of year, the holidays, it’s time to settle down with a few gift ideas that could make a difference. A good read is a great thrill.
Plus this: In these pandemic times, you’re full of free time. A chance to read something fulfilling might be the greatest gift.
Plenty of readers have crushed me with some of their favorite reads — which I appreciate, by the way — including former Redlands High basketball great Danny Wolthers spinning his approval of “Boys In The Boat.” It’s a classic.
My rule, however, is that I only touch on books published in this calendar year. Heaven forbid we open it up to every book from all years.
Your decision might be complicated, perhaps, by the knowledge that John Feinstein authored “Back Roads to March”, or that Jeff Pearlman penned the Lakers’ book.
Both have previously written sports classics, which, like John Grisham’s legal thrillers that keep you wanting more, those guys give their sports’ readers another clutch hitter.
Feinstein: “The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season” should tell us all we need to know on his piece.
“The Dynasty?” That’s on the New England Patriots’ glorious run that seems to have concluded when they separated themselves from the legendary Brady.
It took Jets’ linebacker Mo Lewis’ vicious tackle on Drew Bledsoe to launch that dynasty. Up next, of course, after Bledsoe was Brady.
That’s one version that author Jeff Benedict reports.
Pearlman’s Lakers book opens with a prologue story on how Kobe beat Samaki Walker for $100 in a shooting duel during practice. In Cleveland. In 2002.
Check out that account when Kobe wasn’t paid right away. Whew!
“Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back: The Dilemma of a Modern Sports Fan” can be a curious look at some topsy turvy insights.
Sports books aren’t like they used to be when I was growing up. There’s force. There’s opinion. There’s forceful opinion. Agree or not, it’s great reading.
Wrestling’s “Young Bucks” and soccer’s “Believe Us” and Howard Bryant’s “Full Dissidence,” not to mention women’s voices being heard in “Stand up and Shout Out” — all out on written display.
That last one is worth a full column report on its own. It’s also worth a full read.
Then there’s Rapinoe versus Seaver.
Rapinoe is Team USA’s fireball of an attacking midfielder who’s not afraid of offering an opinion, or two.
Seaver, who died earlier this year, was part of that 1969 Miracle Mets team that gave New Yorkers their fourth team ever to win a World Series — the keystone pitching piece in a losing franchise that shockingly made it big.
Rapinoe is the self-author of “One Life.” You get politics and sports, a kind of double play on the pitch, if you’ll excuse a baseball expression, or two.
Don’t expect the usual sport speak clichés with this lady.
“You know who else works hard?” Rapinoe writes. “Everyone.”
“Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life,” by veteran Bill Madden is a glimpse at an entire life, circling around a cluttered decision to trade the Mets’ greatest player in his prime.
Thankfully, there are plenty of choices.