Will lightning ever strike twice? Can David beat Goliath a second time? These questions haunt everyone in the small town of Milan, Indiana, whose basketball team inspired Hoosiers, the greatest underdog sports movie ever made. From a town of just 1,816 residents, the team remains forever an underdog, but one with a storied past that has them eternally frozen in their 1954 moment of glory. Every ten years or so, Milan has a winning season, but for the most part, they only manage a win or two each year. And still, perhaps because it's the only option for Milan, the town believes that the Indians can rise again. Bill Riley follows the modern day Indians for a season and explores how the Milan myth still permeates the town, the residents, and their high level of expectations of the team. Riley deftly captures the camaraderie between the players and their coach and their school pride in being Indians. In the end, there are few wins or causes for celebration—there is only the little town where basketball is king and nearly the whole town shows up to watch each game. The legend of Milan and Hoosiers is both a blessing and a curse.
A “lively, informative history” of distance running’s 1970s heyday—including the famous Falmouth Road Race—written “with a true fan’s contagious enthusiasm” (Newsweek). It was 1978. Jimmy Carter was president; gas prices were soaring; and Americans were hunkering down to weather the economic crisis. But Jim Fixx’s The Complete Book of Running was a bestseller. Frank Shorter’s gold medal in the 1972 Olympic marathon had put distance running on the minds of many Americans. The odd activity of “jogging” became “running,” and America was in love. That summer, a junior from the University of Oregon named Alberto Salazar went up against Shorter and Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers at the Falmouth Road Race. Though he lost to Rodgers’s record-setting 32:21, the competition set the stage for an epic rivalry among the three greats. Each pushed the others to succeed and, in turn, inspired a nation of couch potatoes to put down the remote and lace up their sneakers. “[A] lively, informative history.” — Newsweek/The Daily Beast “Essential reading for runners both competitive and casual.” —Kirkus Reviews “Kings of the Road is about marathon legends. It’s about running Fast. It’s about Will. It’s about the Real. It’s about drama of the finest kind.” —Bernd Heinrich, author of Why We Run and Racing the Antelope “A rollicking, informed account of . . . how distance running helped define a generation.” —John Brant, author of Duel in the Sun and coauthor with Alberto Salazar of 14 Minutes
Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men's basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drawn together by college basketball in a time of momentous change, Smith and Scott helped transform a university, a community, and the racial landscape of sports in the South. But there is much more to this story than is commonly told. In Game Changers, Art Chansky reveals an intense saga of race, college sport, and small-town politics. At the center were two young men, Scott and Smith, both destined for greatness but struggling through challenges on and off the court, among them the storms of civil rights protest and the painfully slow integration of a Chapel Hill far less progressive than its reputation today might suggest.Drawing on extensive personal interviews and a variety of other sources, Chansky takes readers beyond the basketball court to highlight the community that supported Smith and Scott during these demanding years, from assistant basketball coach John Lotz to influential pastor the Reverend Robert Seymour to pioneering African American mayor Howard Lee.
“Running for Women 101” is a complete handbook for women who run. It provides an overview of the unique aspects of women’s running and contains research-backed training advice for races of all distances. This how-to guide will teach women how to reach all of their running goals, and it touches on the following topics:
• The History of Women’s Involvement in Running
• Challenges and Benefits of Running for Women
• Training for a 5K by Building Speed and Endurance
• Increasing Distance to Run a 10K
• Mastering the Half Marathon
• Committing to Training for a Full Marathon
• Optimizing Performance with Nutrition, Sleep, and Weight Training
• Running Amidst Life’s Challenges
Intermediate-level female runners who have been consistently running at least three days per week will find this book to be useful in their training. It includes specific training advice for 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon races and provides concrete examples of workouts that are beneficial for women who are training for races of each distance. The book also contains support from groundbreaking scientific studies that have proven the effectiveness of various training methods, so you can be sure the recommendations in this book are based on sound evidence.
About the Expert:
Jennifer Jacobsen is a wife and mother living in a small town in Northcentral Ohio, and she also happens to be a runner. She works fulltime for a public school but maintains a strong interest in running and physical fitness. She competes in local races throughout Ohio, and while she will run just about any distance, she specializes in the half marathon. Jennifer has won dozens of awards for being the top female finisher in local races, and she manages to keep up with her training while also balancing the demands of being a wife, mother, and professional.
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Take Yourself from Miserable, Mediocre Golfer to Consistent Par-Breaker
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Canoeing and kayaking are two of the oldest forms of transportation on the planet, but since the 1980s moulding technology has made the sports accessible to everyone. Kayaking and canoeing are all about being one with your boat: as soon as you master the basic skills there is a remarkable freedom to be found in just paddling around under your own steam just inches from the water. Starting with the very basics, this book will talk you through all the different types of kayaking and canoeing available; all the kit; water safety; tips and tricks and how to progress.
In this Sports Byline interview, Ron Barr talks to Cam Perron, who developed an interest in the Negro League baseball players when he was just 12 years old. Perron has since been chronicling his research on the players and the league, and was featured on HBO’s Real Sports. Perron shares stories from the Negro League players he’s become close with in his research and gives insight into this overlooked part of baseball history.
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