Archive for the ‘The Book Club’ Category

The Secret Of Muhammad Ali: Al Satterwhite’s Photography Book Profiles The Return Of Ali In 1970

At only 26 years old, Al Satterwhite won the boxing lottery. He picked up the phone and was told that Time Magazine wanted to send him out the 5th Street Gym to cover Muhammad Ali as he trained for his first fight in over three years. It was 1970. Satterwhite would shadow the living legend from his...
May 20th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar, The Book Club | Read More

Books And Brews: The Rivalry Heard ‘Round The World – The Dodgers-Giants Feud from Coast to Coast

Author: Joe Konte Book: The Rivalry Heard ‘Round The World What it’s about: Hatred and baseball. In that order. Brew of the week: Maredsous 6 Where it’s from: Belgium I love hating the Dodgers slightly less than I love my girlfriend, which I guess I’m obligated to say considering...
March 18th, 2014 | Baseball, I'm So Hideous, The Book Club | Read More

Q&A With Alex Wong On His Debut Book, ‘Steven Lebron, Volume 1′

Regular readers of The Sports Fan Journal surely know our very own Alex Wong by now, aka Steven Lebron. What you may not know is that Alex, a Canadian who is currently in the midst of moving from Toronto to New York City, has been working on a book for a while now. But you should. Why? Because “Steven...
January 13th, 2014 | Basketball, Steven LeBron, The Book Club, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Go Support The Backpack Baller – Kevin Durant’s First 25 Years In 250 Pages

You know you’ve done something with your life when you’re playing basketball in Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day, and you’re the marquee attraction for all to come and see. This was the life of Kevin Durant yesterday, a man who led his comrades into battle with the fledgling New...
December 26th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, The Book Club | Read More

Book Reviews: ‘Undisputed Truth’ — Mike Tyson’s Autobiography

No athlete has been more dominant in his sport while at the same time being so self-destructive and contradictory to the ethos of that sport than Iron Mike Tyson. His storied career is inexorably intertwined with his bad-boy image and, now, his road to recovery and redemption. From the moment Mike Tyson...
December 13th, 2013 | Boxing, Columns, Fight Like Sugar, Sports, The Book Club | Read More

Book Reviews: Penny Hardaway ‘On These Courts’

Last week on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” Tony Kornheiser said about Derrick Rose and his most recent season-ending injury, “What if he’s Penny Hardaway?” And while the connotation was negative — as in, what if we are robbed of Derrick Rose’s immense...
December 3rd, 2013 | Basketball, The Book Club, The Rev | Read More

Book Review — Orr: My Story By Bobby Orr

Early this summer, my colleague Jason Clinkscales posed the question, which athletes’ autobiographies need to be written? After very little self-deliberation, I suggested Bobby Orr. The reason Jason’s question is so compelling is that very few autobiographies, if any, need to be written...
November 15th, 2013 | Columns, Hockey, Kicks & Gear, No Class Friday, Sports, The Book Club | Read More

The 9 Books We’re Currently Reading In The TSFJ e-Offices Right Now

During the summer months we’re fortunate enough to receive anywhere from 14 to 16 hours of daylight in many parts of this country we call America. From that early morning ride via public transit on the way to work to being posted up on the porch sipping lemonade, the daylight provides an ample...
July 30th, 2013 | The Book Club, The Fam | Read More

The 5 Sports Autobiographies That Need To Be Written

Phil Jackson’s latest book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success,” hit bookstores last week, and based on reviews from many in basketball media, it’s a worthwhile read by the retired coach who won’t ever stray far away from the spotlight. Though some lament the lack of salacious fodder...
June 6th, 2013 | Et cetera, Lists, The Book Club | Read More

Book Review: ‘Earl the Pearl: My Story’

For so many players in the past 30-plus years, he was the father to their styles. He brought the improvised creativity from the South Philadelphia playgrounds to the rigidity of the college and pro game. He was part of the “Rolls Royce backcourt” that was known for its flair on the hardwood and...
April 26th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball, The Book Club | Read More

Tales From The 1982-83 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers Locker Room

Exactly three weeks from today, I will turn 29 years old. That means I was not even conceived yet when the 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers completed a sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers to win the 1983 NBA title. I never saw a single second of that team take the court, never saw the madness of a playoff game...
February 27th, 2013 | Basketball, The Book Club, The Rev | Read More

Book Reviews: Winners & Losers – Rants, Riffs & Reflections On The World of Sports

Since its inception in November 2011, The Sports Fan Journal has carved its niche in sharing the ideas, jokes and reflections of the sports universe as it pertains to our readers and ourselves. Certainly, when a member of TSFJ ‘shocks the world’ at events from the Atlantic to Pacific, we know that...
January 27th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera, The Book Club | Read More

The 4 Reasons Why Every Basketball Fan Should Read David Halberstam’s ‘The Breaks Of The Game’

I really just wanted Bill Walton to shut the hell up. That was my thought of the big red-head whenever he’d call NBA games as a color commentator. His constant criticisms of big men, his berating of players who showed off their personalities (see Wallace, Rasheed) during the game, and the constant...
December 5th, 2012 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, The Book Club | Read More

Book Reviews: Concussions And Our Kids

Prior to reading “Concussions and Our Kids,” my knowledge of concussions was limited to football. Literally, if someone asked me about a concussion, I would have said it was due to contact on the football field, and that would be it. For example, I spend just about every weekend like plenty of sports...
October 9th, 2012 | Columns, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Sports, The Book Club | Read More

Will Sports Biographies Give The Future Legends Color As The Past

Last week, Kenny reviewed the recently released Michael Vick biography “Finally Free.” A player who became THE cultural touchstone in the United States because of his involvement in a dog fighting ring, Vick has tantalized and frustrated football fans since arriving on the NFL scene in 2001 for...
October 4th, 2012 | A Sports Scribe, Columns, Et cetera, The Book Club | Read More

Book Reviews: Michael Vick’s ‘Finally Free’

A great book tells a great story, but a great story does not necessarily equal out to a great book. I’ve read plenty of autobiographies in my day where the stories were good, but when they were translated to book form, the book was underwhelming, disappointing and/or flat-out trash. However, there...
September 27th, 2012 | Football, Soul On Ice, The Book Club | Read More